Best used estate cars for less than Β£10,000 (and the ones to avoid)

In need of a practical car to suit an active lifestyle? Well, now you can drive yourself and your sports paraphernalia to the nearest leisure facility in any of these bargain estates

Words By Max Adams

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1. Seat Leon ST

The Seat Leon ST wins this not just because of how much car you are actually getting for your money, but the quality of it, too. True, the Volkswagen Golf Estate has a classier interior, but the Leon’s doesn’t feel much cheaper, belying the saving you make over its stablemate. With the Leon's sharp handling and the additional practicality of the estate boot along with some Seat design flair, the whole package is very compelling.

We found: 2014 Seat Leon ST 1.6 TDI SE 18,210 miles, Β£9,611

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And the estate cars to avoid…

Chevrolet Lacetti Station Wagon

Reasonable is the highest praise you can give the Chevrolet Lacetti Station Wagon. It does have a big boot and a decent amount of rear seat space, but it's noisy, has an uninspiring interior, and doesn’t like corners. Compounding its issues is its slow 1.6 petrol engine, which also doesn’t get much better fuel economy than the mid-30mpgs. To top all that off, depreciation will be painful.

Mitsubishi Lancer Estate

Being cheap does not address the fact that the Lancer Estate has, among other issues, a nasty interior, which will reminds you every time you drive the car that you could have done better.

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